The snarkiest superhero of them all kicks ass after ass after ass.
Wade in full
released 4 June (download)/ 13 June (Blu-ray/dVd) 2015 | 15 | Blu-ray/dVd/download Director Tim Miller Cast ryan reynolds, Morena Baccarin, TJ Miller, ed skrein, Gina Carano
That Deadpool exists as a movie at all is a minor miracle, given that the fourth wall-breaking, rule-punching anti-superhero was long considered to be unfilmable. Still, 11 years of tortured development later, it has finally emerged as close to perfectly formed as fans of the character could have hoped. That difficult birth seems to have helped make the film what it is, as director Tim Miller, writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, and star/producer Ryan Reynolds honed the concept, polished the script and coerced their way to a version of Deadpool that doesn’t skimp on his filthier, funnier side.
Miller, making his directing debut after toiling away in the effects and performance-capture world, has an eye for visual flair but keeps things from turning into an empty spectacle, while stretching the limited budget to an outrageous degree.
Meanwhile, the character of cocky, cancer-ridden assassin Wade Wilson and the mutant he becomes fits Reynolds almost as perfectly as his suit, and the quip-to-punch ratio is high. We’d already seen a watered-down Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but this movie wipes the slate clean and, when not mocking that wasted attempt, reminds the world that Deadpool can actually work when you embrace the man and his madness. Even the meta-referencing of comic book tropes and his own presence in a film succeeds for the most part; when Deadpool’s quipping about whether James McAvoy or Patrick Stewart is playing Professor X or remarking that the studio couldn’t afford more than two X-Men characters, it all feels of a piece instead of pulling you out of the plot.
Surrounding Reynolds is a well-chosen cast, including Firefly’s Morena Baccarin as Wade flame Vanessa, who proves more than a match for our hero; Ed Skrein as Ajax, a desensitised villain with an evil agenda; and Gina Carano as Angel Dust, a mute brute with the sort of strength that can even overcome towering X-hero Colossus. Plus, for added comic relief, we have Weasel, played by TJ Miller, finally used to full comic effect in a live-action film (yes, we’re looking at you, Transformers: Age Of Extinction). Then there’s Brianna Hildebrand, whose Negasonic Teenage Warhead doesn’t get much to do, but still manages to break out of the usual moody sidekick schtick.
The story is helpfully kept to a manageable tale of vengeance instead of the usual overblown world-in-peril stakes, which allows us to focus on Wade and his charismatic behaviour, which is less morally dubious and more setting a book about ethics on fire and then peeing on it to douse the flames. Yes, this movie is juvenile, puerile, bodily function-obsessed and bloody, and it definitely won’t appeal to everyone, but it’s Deadpool; defiantly different while managing to find something new to say in the crowded superhero arena, and faithfully portraying its main character without the results feeling totally ridiculous on-screen.
Finds something new to say in the superhero arena
Extras One commentary features Reynolds and the writers, while the other has director Miller and Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld in a slightly more back-slapping but still information-rich track that, thanks to Liefeld, boasts some meaty Marvel insight. Making Of “From Comics To Screen… To Screen” runs for an hour and 20 minutes, and examines the film in forensic detail, covering everything from the character’s comic book origins to the effects work. It’s satisfyingly warts-and-all, perhaps only skipping over any tension with Fox about whether the movie should be made at all.
Nearly 20 minutes of deleted/ extended scenes (with optional Tim Miller commentary) run the gamut from tiny slices taken out (mostly more of Deadpool insulting or hurting people) to whole sequences such as “Cancer World Tour” that you’ll wish they’d included. Then there’s the gag reel, which showcases improv master TJ Miller’s nigh-on supernatural ability to come up with alternate lines, “Deadpool’s Fun Sack”, which includes all the trailers and fun viral marketing that dominated the internet before the film arrived, and character biographies and artwork galleries (which include some pre-visualisation videos).
If there’s one thing missing – and it’s probably for legal reasons – it’s the test footage that helped get the film made after the project got stuck in limbo at the studio, but there is at least a glimpse of it, and some discussion, during the Making Of. Buy the DVD, incidentally, and you only get the gag reel and the “Fun Sack”.
Deadpool: highly protective of his car parking space.
“Hey everybody, we’re in SFX!”